Uterine Fibroids—Symptoms, Causes and Why Seeking Treatment Early Matters.

If your mother, grandmother or sister had uterine fibroids, you may be more at risk of developing them as well.  There’s a strong hereditary component and race also plays a role.  If you’re of African descent, your risk of developing symptomatic uterine fibroids is about 25% by the age of 25, and up to 80% by the age of 50, while the percentage of Caucasian women who develop fibroids in their lifetime is about 60%.  Regardless of your race or heredity, it’s best to seek treatment early — especially if you’re experiencing heavy bleeding and pelvic pain — as fibroids can contribute to fertility problems.

If you are experiencing heavy bleeding and/or pelvic pain, talk to your VWC provider.  804.288.4084

Here, Dr. Keith Berkle talks about uterine fibroids and treatment options with Jessica Noll, CBS6,  at the MEDARVA Stony Point Surgery Center.


Keith P. Berkle, MD, MBA